Out of all the animals to capture the imagination of young children, it’s the large mammals. Lions, hippos, tigers, bears, elephants and others feature highly in children’s books are when a visit to the zoo is mentioned, they come at the top of the request list. Happily there’s a space not far out of London where the big animals roam free (well relatively, depending on their level of ferocity). We’d been to Whipsnade once before, which isn’t too far from us, but this was our first visit with Tilly. Offering soft play and a playground as well as an amazing array of animals, we were keen to get stuck in.
Relatively little known amongst the great houses of England but boasting some truly breathtaking gardens, Wrest Park is tucked away in rural Bedfordshire, to the north of Luton. Managed by English Heritage, our visit coincided with their Georgian games event, one of a series of family friendly activities taking place over the summer holidays.